Cabs of the top rank
WESTERN Australia’s largely boutique-sized wineries, from their 4 per cent of Australia’s grape crush, are dominating most facets of Australia’s capital city cabernet sauvignon wine show system.
Margaret River’s Xanadu is just one more example and here is a reminder as to why.
In 2007, Xanadu gained one trophy (for Viognier) and two gold medals.
In 2008, there were two gold medals, 2009 brought five trophies and 11 gold medals, while in 2010 there were eight trophies and 10 gold medals.
The awards continued throughout 2011 with six trophies and 30 gold medals, followed by seven trophies and 21 gold medals in 2012.
And 2013 saw nine trophies (including Best Cabernet, Best Dry Red and Champion Wine of Show at Australia’s senior wine show in Canberra) and 27 gold medals.
At the 2014 National Wine Show in Canberra, Xanadu, against this nation’s greatest, gained gold medals for their Stevens Road ($55), Reserve 2012 ($91.50), Xanadu 2012 ($35) and DJL 2012 ($24) Chardonnays.
Their fourth-in-line cabernet, the 2011 DJL ($24), won the trophy for Best Cabernet of Show, thus giving this trophy to Xanadu twice in three years.
Just prior to that, James Halliday announced the 2011 Xanadu Stevens Road as his Wine Companion Wine of the Year 2015 at 99 points – only matched by one new-release table wine ever.
At this year’s Royal Sydney Wine Show the 2012 Stevens Road ($55), the 2012 DJL ($24) and the 2012 Xanadu ($35) Cabernet Sauvignons all won gold against the nation’s finest and the Xanadu was also named Best Cabernet Sauvignon of Show.
Is there another 70,000 case winery in the country that can match this?
Of all Xanadu’s great current values, the 2012 DJL cabernet sauvignon could be the star.
Soft, smooth, long, appealing. Complex, great fruit, superb winemaking, textural and satisfying. Will live for 15 years. 18.3 points and $24. Gold Sydney 2015.
Xanadu winemaker Glenn Goodall.